This months recommended Read is a new indie series that has just put together its first collected trade paperback. I give you Geek Girl by Sam Johnson.
When ‘Little Miss Popular’ Ruby Kaye lands a pair of super-tech glasses (invented by brainiac college geek Trevor Goldstein) in a game of Strip Poker, she’s granted flight, super-strength, and – due to a flaw in the glasses’ programming – super-klutziness! And this is just the beginning of the changes the glasses will wreak on Ruby…
Trying to be a super-hero, Ruby Kaye stumbles across a mysterious and extremely dangerous new villain taking down her town’s Numero Uno heroine – and is forced to step up and use her powers for more than just accidentally knocking drinks over her friends… Geek-Girl is entering the Super-Hero Big Leagues – whether she’s ready or not.
Sam Johnson’s Geek-Girl has been on my radar for a little while, since I read the first issue and realised that story apart from being new was a fresh take on the usual stories I had read.
What Geek-Girl does is flip the usual story completely. In this comic the unpopular girl does not become a superhero and improve her life while improving that of others. Ruby Kaye is already very popular and uses that popularity and also her looks to get a pair of hi-tech glasses invented by a local nerd.
I read issue one and found it a very easy to read story with some bright and bold artwork to match, the story shows a lot of promise longevity wise as it hints at a plethora of villains and heros we are yet to meet.
The only thing that I think some readers may take issue with is there was girl on girl kissing and very skimpy costumes. If I’m honest we have seen the major labels doing this for a long time with female characters, so I don’t see a problem with it myself.